I had the great fortune of assisting comic book legend Bill Sienkiewicz in 1985 when I was 17-years old. I first fell in love with Bill's art on Marvel Comics' MOON KNIGHT (written by Dough Moench) and later helped him out on backgrounds for Marvel Comics' NEW MUTANTS and ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN (written by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, respectively). I was intimidated by Bill's talent at the time (still am), and never thought I would ever create something worthy of his time and attention.
This past weekend at NY Comic Fest, I gave Bill Sienkiewicz a copy of my new graphic novel FEAR, MY DEAR: A Billy Dogma Experience, and he wrote a very nice thing about me and the book on his Facebook page:
"Just read Dean's "Fear,My Dear" and it's Fantastic.
If I don't sound too much like the 'old pro paternalistic idiot,I'm incredibly proud of him. Not only as a former assistant done way excellent, and Sheer Talent, but as a goddamn human being-type Person.
'Fear, My Dear':
Shit. Fuck. Piss. Karate.
I can die now.
Thank you, Bill, for being a mentor, a hero, and a friend.